Big Fish Bingo Tips and Tricks

Posted by Margie B. on June 26, 2013 in Tips and Tricks -- Share:

Big Fish Bingo Welcome to the Big Fish Bingo Tips and Tricks! From the makers of Big Fish Casino comes a new spin on an old favorite, Big Fish Bingo! Jump onto a team, grab some Powerups, and get ready to BINGO!

Whether you use this document as a reference when things get difficult or as a road map to get you from beginning to end, we’re pretty sure you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

We hope you find this information useful as you play your way through the game. Use the menu below to quickly jump to whatever stage of the game you need help with.

For technical trouble shooting see our FAQ.

 
 

Walkthrough Menu

General Tips

  • Please note that all the information contained in this guide is accurate at the time of publication. There are many changes planned for this game and we will update the information as needed.
  • You can play 1, 2, 3, or 4 bingo cards (except in Pro rooms, in which you have to play 4 cards). The more cards you play, the better your odds are of winning.
  • Once a number has been called, tap the number to ‘daub’ it (mark it). Once you get 5 daubs on the board, vertically (V), horizontally (H), diagonally (D) – or in the 4 corners (C), hit the ‘Call Bingo’ Button (yellow) on the side to ‘Call Bingo’ and complete the card.
  • It you hit ‘Call Bingo’ prematurely, the game will give you a warning. It can also lock you out of that board if you do it too many times.
  • If you go into a room and you don’t want to stay for whatever reason, you can go back to the Lobby and re-enter to see if you can find a new team. You could also start your own team by inviting your friends.
  • The leaderboard (L) displays the top teams.
  • Select the Team button (T) when you want to have a conversation with only your teammates. The players outside of your group will be unable to view your conversations. This allows you to plan your next moves privately with your teammates.
  • Select the Global button (G) to see what other people are saying or to communicate with your team if they haven’t switched over to Team Chat yet.
  • When one of your friends enters the Bingo app, you’ll see the following message: ‘[your friend's name] started Bingo’ here (F).

  • Each week one Powerup will be available for free with unlimited use. If you have that same powerup in your inventory, it will remain intact until that Powerup is no longer free.
  • You cannot play two of the same Powerups unless one of them is a Team Powerup.
  • If you want to leave a game before the round begins; exit the game, or return to the Lobby, your Gems will remain intact. However, if the game started and you exit before the round is complete, you will use up the amount of gems it cost you to buy into that room.
  • If you select a couple of Powerups and you choose not to play them during your game, those Powerups will remain in your inventory.
  • The amount you earn at the end of the round appears automatically. You can view the team’s rank for that round here (A). You can also view the amount of Coins (B) and Gems (C) earned, along with the amount XP (D) points earned. Select ‘Next’ (E) to go to the next screen.

  • When a team wins a round, the Photos of the top three teams appear in the order in which they joined the team (F).
  • The number of Bingos for each top three team appears here (G).
  • The number of Bingos for each individual on your team is shown here (H).
  • The amount of Bingos you won and the amount of Coins, Gems, and XPs you earned is shown here (I).
  • The amount of time left before the next round begins appears here (J).
  • You can exit to the Lobby (K) here or here (L) to leave the current game. You can also select ‘Continue’ (M) to keep playing with your current teammates.
  • The rewards (Coins, XPs, and Gems) you receive are all based on the room buy-ins. The more gems you pay to get into a room, the higher the rewards. Something that’s worth 1 Gem in one room will be worth 4 Gems in another. Almost everything scales up with the buy-in linearly.

The Lobby

  • When you first open the Big Fish Bingo App, you will automatically enter into the Lobby (N). From here, you can choose to enter one of the rooms, look at your friends list, view the leaderboards, adjust the settings, enter the store, or view the free Powerup of the week.
  • You can view the free Powerup for the week here (O).
  • You can visit the Store here (P). You can buy Gems and Coins by selecting either the Coins or the Gems Tab, then choose the deal of your choice.
  • You can view how many Coins and Gems you have here (Q).
  • Collect free gems every 30 minutes by selecting the Gem Bonus barrel when it’s full (R).
  • If you have any Friend Requests, you will see a number next to your friends button (S).

  • You can view who’s online after you select the Friends button in the Lobby. You can Add friends, view your Friend Requests, or Invite Friends from this area.
  • Open the ‘Friend Request’ button (T), and decide if you want to ‘Ignore’ of Confirm the invitation. If there are no requests, the field will be empty. Once you accept friends, you can invite them to play on a team with you and vice versa.
  • The Photos in full color represent your friends who are currently online. The shaded photos are currently offline. Please keep in mind that even if it shows your friends are currently online, chances are that they may have already exited the game. If you see the Bingo icon on a photo, it means that they are currently playing bingo. If you see a card suit, or chips raining down on their icons, they are currently playing Big Fish Casino.
  • You can add a friend here (U). To Add a Friend you will need to have the friend code for the person. You can add the code here (V) and then select submit here (W).
  • Use the Invite Friends button (X) if you want to invite your Facebook friends.
  • Select the Trophy icon (Y) to view the Leaderboard. You can look here to see which players had the most victories in 1st bingos won, team victories, and bingos.

Edit Profile

  • Select the gear icon (1) to edit your profile, view your account settings, open the social tab, adjust sound and video, open extras, and help.
  • Select Edit Profile (2) to change your photos and manage your information. You can select Status Message (3) to enter a few words of your choice. This area can be left blank if you wish. You can also enter your sex, age, and location (4) if you so desire.
  • To upload an image, select any photo (5) and 3 choices will appear: Camera, Library, and Cancel. Select Camera or Library to upload a picture stored on your device. Choose a picture and then select ‘use’ to automatically move and re-size it to the area you choice (happy, neutral, or sad).
  • Select the Account button (6) to view your account information (app version, friend code, link ID). You can also choose to import a new account in this section, doing so will overwrite your current account (7).
  • Social: This buttons (8) gives you access to link your Bingo account to your Facebook account, access to Game Center, and gives you the ability to send an email link to your friends about this game.
  • The Sound and Video button (9) allows you to set your sound preferences and to use alternative color cards.
  • The Extras button (10) lets you view the good folks behind this wonderful game. Select their picture to read a brief caption.
  • Choose Help (11) to view extra tips for this game.
  • Speed Bingo!

    • Speed Bingo gives you a chance to win big by betting your Coins or Gems.
    • Select Speed Bingo in the Lobby (1) or while you’re waiting for the next game (2) to start.
    • Choose your bet (coins or gems) (3), the higher the bet, the higher the reward. Twelve balls from your card will be automatically daubed. Your payout will be based on the amount of bingos you get: 2.5x your bet for 1 bingo, 5x for 2 bingos, and 10x for 3 bingos or more.
    • The bingos earned in that round will have yellow highlights around them. In the example shown, I received three bingos (4), thus earned a 10x payout. Since my bet was 20 gems, I earned 200 gems (5).
    • Remember, if you don’t play, you can’t win, so try your hand at Speed Bingo today!

    Powerup Lab

    • To access the Powerup Lab, go to Get More Powerups (A), and then select the Powerup Lab option (B).
    • The Powerup Lab is used to create new Powerups. You can create these new Powerups by combining your existing ones into new ones.
    • Each Powerup created will cost you a certain amount of either Gems or Coins (purple).
    • Select the “i’ (yellow) to view the name(s) of the Powerups you need (C) and the name of the one you can create (D). Select the “X” (orange), to close out that view.
    • The numbers in the black circles (green) represent the amount of each those Powerups you need to create the new one. The “in stock” bar (E) displays the amount of each Powerup you currently have in inventory.
    • Once you decide which Powerup you want to create, select the “create” button (purple) and then select “confirm” to purchase it.

    Bingo Lingo

    • Once in a while you’ll see players using abbreviations and acronyms while chatting. Here are a few of the ones I’ve encountered during play.
    • Bots/Robots: These are computer generated players that fill in if a room needs a few players. You can select a Photo to see if a player is a bot; they are usually identified by the fact that they don’t have any Coins or Gems and are always at Level 1, but have thousands of likes (N).
    • “Pu” or “Pus” refers to Powerups.
    • Team Chat: If a player mentions Team Chat, it means they want to make the conversation between teammates private. Select the Team button here (O) to switch from Global to Team.
    • BO is used for blackouts. This is when you reactivate your card after calling bingo and you daubed every square.
    • TIB is for Team Instant Bingo and IB is for Instant Bingo. You may hear people saying that they are out of TIBs or are trying to see if anyone has one. They also refer to Instant Bingo as just ‘Instants’.
    • GL and GJ. This is not so much Bingo Lingo but more of a common abbreviation used in the game. GL is for Good Luck and GJ is for Good Job.
    • When you hear players mention that they are ‘Coining’ or ‘Farming for Coins’, it means that they are trying to increase the amount of coins to their total by playing mostly the Coin Powerups. Sometimes groups of people get together in a team just for the purpose of ‘Coining’.
    • If you know of any other acronyms or terms used in the game, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the end of this article!

    The Rooms

    • There are several rooms you can enter; some are team-based rooms and some are individual rooms.
    • The Blue Room (A) has a Normal Play room and a Pro-style room. You can play between 1-4 cards at a time in the Normal Play room and you can only play 4 cards in the Pro-style room.
    • Dottie’s Drive-in: The Solo Room (B). This is a room in which you can play 1-4 cards. Instead of playing on a team, you play by yourself. You can use your Team Powerups here, but they will not be sent to anyone else in the room, they will only appear on your cards.
    • The Gemstone Canyon (C) has a Normal Play room and a Pro-style room. You can play between 1-4 cards at a time in the Normal Play room and you can only play 4 cards in the Pro-style room.
    • Into the Void Room (D). This is a room in which you can play 1-4 cards. Each card costs 8 gems. You have to daub every number on the card before you can call Bingo.
    • The Highlands: The Solo Room (E). This is a room in which you can play 1-4 cards and each card costs 20 gems. Instead of playing on a team, you play by yourself. You can use your Team Powerups here, but they will not be sent to anyone else in the room, they will only appear on your cards

    Bingo Team Play

    • Big Fish Bingo is a team-based game (unless you’re playing in the Solo Room). By helping your teammates, you’re also helping yourself. If the whole team is successful, you will be too. If you’re the only one who gets bingos on all 4 cards and your teammates don’t, you’ll lose the round if any other teams get more bingos than your team.
    • Each team consists of 4 players. Each player has anywhere from 1 to 4 cards. There’s also a shared card (F).
    • Each time you or one of the players daubs a square, that same square will be daubed on the shared card. If more than one person daubs the same card, the color of the frame of the person/photo that daubed it first, will mark the shared card. Once the shared card is complete, you and all of your teammates will get two automatic random daubs on each of your cards.
    • You can talk to your teammates and decide what the best plan of action is for that round. If one person uses a Team Instant Bingo, then someone else can use a Team Daub Burst. If you use this method, make sure that Team Instant Bingo has been activated before you deploy the Team Daub Burst. Doing so will increase the chances of the daub burst daubing one of the Instant Bingos on your teammates’ cards.
    • A new feature has been recently implemented that allows you to ‘blackout’ a screen. In order to activate this feature, select the completed card (G), and you will be shown how much it costs to reactivate it. Touch the screen to reactivate that card. If you are able to daub every number on that board, your teammates and you will receive a daub burst on each of your cards. Reactivating a card to obtain a blackout is also a great way to collect extra coins since every empty spot on that card will have a coin watermark on it after it has been reactivated!
    • You can keep track of your teammates’ progress by seeing how many Bingos they’ve earned during the course of a round here (G1). Each a time a Bingo ball fills in in this area, it means your teammate has earned another Bingo!
    • If the Powerup of the week is a Team Powerup, make sure you use it instead of one that is not shared by everyone. I’ve seen some instances in which a person played a Daub Plus when a Team Super Plus was available for free. They could have saved that Powerup and used one with more power, and that’s more beneficial for the team.

    Using and Buying Powerups

    • There are a variety of Powerups in the game, each with a different ability. Powerups will help you claim bingo faster or can help slow down your opponents.
    • Before you begin the game, select the ‘Change’ button (H) and then choose the Powerup(s) of your choice. You can choose from the ones you have in inventory or from the 2 unlimited free ones that are available with each new week. The free, unlimited one is symbolized by the infinity symbol (I) and has a white background.
    • If you have some of the free Powerups in your inventory, they will remain intact until those Powerups are no longer free. The amount of those stored Powerups will appear here (J). If you have no stored free Powerups, that area will remain blank.
    • The Powerups are divided into 3 categories: Common, Rare, and Epic. The list changes once in a while. Please select one of the tabs (K) to see what is in each category.
    • Be careful not to select any squares with Powerups by mistake. If you select some Powerups by mistake, they will be disabled and can no longer be activated. For example, if you select a Daub Plus or Daub Cross by mistake, and then you select it again to take off the incorrect daub, you’ll notice that it will disappear off the board.
    • The Common Powerups are the ones you get more often. The Rare ones are a bit harder to get than the Common ones. The Epic Powerups are the superstars of the Powerup world. These are the hardest to get but give you the best chance of winning (when used correctly).
    • You can buy Gems and Coins here (L).
    • Select the ‘Get More Powerups’ Button (M and N) and then choose one of the following packages:
    • Basic (O): Gives you 5 guaranteed Basic cards. Please refer to your game to see what the current list entails. This Powerup pack costs 500 coins.
    • Valiant (P): Gives you 1 guaranteed Rare card and a chance at 1 Epic card. Please refer to your game to see what the current list entails. This Powerup pack costs 2,500 coins.
    • Legendary (Q): Gives you 3 guaranteed Rare cards and a greater chance of getting 1 Epic card. Please refer to your game to see what the current list entails. This Powerup pack costs 10,000 coins.
    • Mythical (R): This is the latest and greatest package of all. It gives you 10 guaranteed Rare cards and 15 guaranteed Epic cards! Please refer to your game to see what the current list entails. This Powerup pack costs 100,000 coins.

    Powerup Types

    • This section gives an explanation of all the current Powerups in the game. The Powerups are listed in no particular order; we just tried to group them together as best as possible.
    • Daub Burst (1): It will automatically daub 2 random squares on each of your cards. If you have an Instant Bingo Powerup, use that first and then use the Daub Burst second because that increases the chance that the Daub Burst will land on one of your Instant Bingos.
    • Team Daub Burst (2): It will automatically daub 2 random squares on each of your and your teammates’ cards.
    • Dauble Checker (3): it will instantly daub any missed cards on your and your teammates’ cards. This Powerup will not daub any numbers that are called after it has been selected. This is a good Powerup to use if you’re new or you’re playing on your iPhone. It’s also a good Powerup to use if you fell behind in the game and need to catch up quickly.
    • Instant Bingo (4): It adds one Instant Bingo to each of your cards. If the number called and daubed has the Instant Bingo Powerup on it, it will automatically complete that card for you. This is a great Powerup to use with Team Daub Burst.
    • Team Instant Bingo (5): It adds one Instant Bingo to each of your cards and each of your teammates’ cards. This Powerup works best with Team Daub Burst of Daub Burst.

      • Daub Cross (6): Puts one ‘X bomb’ on random squares on each of your cards. If your number gets called, select that number, and it will daub the number you selected plus the 4 squares surrounding it in an x formation. If your bomb is on the edge, then only 1 or 2 squares will be daubed. Please look at the screenshot to see how this Powerup works.
      • Team Cross (7): Puts one ‘X bomb’ on random squares on each of your cards and each of your teammates’ cards as well. If your number gets called, select that number and it will daub the number you selected plus the 4 squares surrounding it in an X formation. If your bomb is on the edge, then only 1 or 2 squares will be daubed.

      • Daub Cross XL (8): Adds one Extra Large X-mark to each of you cards. Please look at the screenshot to see how this Powerup works.
      • Team Super Cross (9): Adds two ‘X’ squares to your cards and your teammates’ cards.
      • Daub Plus (10): Adds one (+) square to each of your cards. Please look at the screenshot to see how this Powerup works.

    • Team Plus (11): Adds one (+) square to each of your cards and your teammates’ cards.
    • Daub Plus XL (12): Adds one Extra Large (XL) ‘+’ (plus) mark on each of your cards. Please look at the screenshot to see how this Powerup works.
    • Team Super Plus (13): Adds two ‘+’ (plus) squares to each of your cards and each of your teammates’ cards.

    • Coin Box (14): Places bonus coin watermarks on random squares on each of your cards. The amount of the payout you receive depends on the room you’re in.
    • Team Coin Box (15): Places bonus coin watermarks on random squares on each of your cards and those of your teammates. The amount of the payout you receive depends on the room you’re in.
    • Gem Box (16): Places Gem watermarks on random squares on each of your cards. The amount of the Gems you receive depends on the room you’re in.
    • Team Gem Box (17): Places Gem watermarks on random squares on each of your and your teammates’ cards. The amount of Gems received depends on the room you’re in.
    • XP Box (18): Adds XP bonus squares to each of your cards. XP is what allows you to level up in a game. The amount of XP points received per called and daubed square depends on the room you’re in.
    • Team XP Box (19): Adds XP bonus squares to your cards and your teammates’ cards. The amount of XP points received depends on the room you’re in.

    • Next Cross (20): Activating the Next Cross Powerup will make your next 3 daubs an ‘X-mark.’ Select this Powerup when it’s most useful to you. You shouldn’t activate it as soon as the round begins since you can only use it on your next 3 squares. This is a really good Powerup when used correctly. Personally, I like to wait until numbers in the middle of the board are called so I can get the most daubs possible. If you use it on a square in the corner, it will minimize the amount of daubs you receive.
    • Next Plus (21): Activating the Next Plus Powerup will daub the next three daubs you make with a +-mark. Select this Powerup when it’s most useful to you. You shouldn’t activate it as soon as the round begins since you can only use it on your next 3 squares. This is a great Powerup to use with Instant Bingo. Activate it when a number called is close to the Instant Bingo, then use the Next Plus so it hits the Instant Bingo.
    • Blockout (22): Blocks get sent to the team that’s in the lead. When you use this Powerup, neither your cards or the people on your team will receive a block. However, your icon and name will appear over your opponents’ shared card when you trigger one. This Powerup can be used to your advantage when they are sent to your team because the blocks you receive can be changed to daubs with the Team Block Breaker or by using gems to get rid of them.
    • Team Block Breaker (23): Turns any blocks on your cards or your teammates’ cards into daubs.
    • Mixed Bag (24): Gives you a combination of 4 random daubs and 1 random block on each of your cards. You will be unable to daub that space unless you or a team member uses the Team Block Breaker. You can also break a block by selecting that block and paying a predetermined amount of Gems to break it (the amount of Gems depends on what room you’re in).

    Gems, Coins, and XPs

      • You can view your current Gems and Coins here (green). You can use the Gems to purchase bingo cards. Use the Coins to buy packs of Powerups.
      • You will earn Coins, Gems, and XPs each time you and your team wins games. The amount of Coins, XPs, and Gems you win depends on your team’s outcome.
      • You will win more Gems, Coins, and XPs in the following cases:

                                 If you or your teammates nabbed the top three spots of the round.
    If your team came in first, second, or third.
    You will earn extra Coins, XPs, and Gems (if they are on your board) if you reactivate a completed card in order to get the ‘Blackout’. Squares that were previously blank on that card will have Coin watermarks instead of blank spaces.
    If you used the Coin Box, Team Coin Box, Gem Box, or Team Gem Box during play.

    • You can always purchase Gems and Coins if you need more. Select the Store Button in the Lobby and then select the Get Gems button.
    • The 25% bonus forever option will give you a 25% bonus on all Coin/Gem purchases from the time it’s purchased onward. It will stack with other sales and stuff – so if there’s a 25% sale, you’ll get the 125% that everyone else gets, and then 25% more gems on top of that. Once the item is purchased, all the packages will be ‘as marked’ – so the amount of Coins/Gems that you get will be correct – you do not add an additional 25% on top of the price that you see. You do not get any gems with this option at the time of purchase; the 25% bonus will kick in as soon as you make your first purchase.
    • You can also collect free Gems every 30 minutes by selecting the Bonus Gems bucket in the Lobby once it’s full. You can also select the ‘Earn Free Gems’ button in the Store for more ways to get free gems.
    • In conclusion, the Bingo Team is working on some exciting new features that will provide players rewards and incentives for having higher levels, and will include access to new rooms, Coin/Gem bonuses for leveling up, and new titles amongst other goodies!
    • Do you have any tips of your own that you would like to share with everyone? If you do, please leave them in the comments section below. Now, let’s get ready to BINGO!

    Written by

    Margie B is the Strategy Guide Editor for Big Fish Games, working on the East Coast. She has been creating guides for the past 7 years and has several hundred guides under her belt. In her spare time she enjoys playing games on her iPad, going to the movies, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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